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February 13, 2011
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Qureshi’s ouster

Karachi

February 13, 2011

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As reported in the news report titled “It’s not a rumour...” by Mohammad Malick (February 12) ex-foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi’s refusal to grant a backdated and illegal diplomatic cover to a murderer while boldly facing up to the extreme and unjust pressure exerted on him deserves praise and support. This unflinching stance on the issue of Raymond Davis reflects the opinion of the people of Pakistan.
Mr Qureshi, while sacrificing his ministry at the altar of his principled stand on this issue, has surely made the nation proud. Well done!
Malik Amin Aslam
Attock

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This is with reference to the news analysis titled “It’s not a rumour, Americans did get Qureshi’s scalp” (Feb 12). The details about the memos “missing” from the US embassy records seem quite believable.
The US embassy should stop beating about the bush and clarify the situation regarding Raymond Davis’ visa.
Ghazanfar Paracha
Karachi


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February 11 brought both good and bad news. We saw a dictator stepping down in Egypt. It became possible only because of people’s power. In Pakistan, the managing director of the Pakistan International Airlines resigned and thousands of sacked employees were reinstated. In both cases, sense prevailed at last. The bad news was that reportedly the government of Pakistan had started considering backdated immunity to Davis. Many are of the view that Shah Mahmood Qureshi became the first casualty of the Davis case. Ms Hina Rabbani Khar’s induction as the minister of state for foreign affairs is indicative of things to come.
Although the roundtable conference that has been called by the president negates the notion that the prime minister or the president is going to handle the Raymond Davis case exclusively, nothing can be said with certainty in Pakistan. One hopes the government is cognizant of people’s power and values it. Or is it that they are too sure that the people of

this country will never come out on the streets?
Salman Babar
Lahore

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Mohammad Malick has suggested that after Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir could also be removed to save Raymond Davis. If his sources are right then it proves that the United States could go to any lengths to protect even a lowly consulate officer working in a Third World country. That’s the importance the Unites States gives to the lives of its citizens.
As for our government’s willingness to protect the lives of ordinary people, the less said the better.
Iffat Alam
Karachi

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